Trayvon Martin case: Sanford commission votes ‘no confidence’ in police chief

This case is too heartbreaking for words but the sadder part is that every Black parent of male children (I had four) has to constantly set rules down about not “upsetting” the police in any way.

Granted a police officer did not gun down young Martin, but in my opinion, he was gunned down because he was “walking while Black”.

Orlando Sentinel

Sanford city commissioners just gave a vote of no confidence in police Chief Bill Lee Jr., who has been publicly lambasted for his department’s handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The vote was 3-2, with Commissioners Randy Jones and Patty Mahany voting against.

Commissioner Mark McCarty made a motion to fire the chief, who has been on the job just 10 months. Lee was hired as chief in May 2011 in the wake of tumult surrounding the beating of a homeless black man by the son of a Sanford lieutenant.

The commission, discussing the topic before a packed house, is taking public comment now.

Commissioners can’t fire Lee because he reports to City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. But their vote tonight sent a strong signal.

Earlier this evening, commissioners decided to move Monday’s City Commission meeting to the Sanford Civic Center to accommodate the hundreds of people expected to attend.

The civic center, 401 E. Seminole Blvd., holds about 600 people, and the staff plans to put speakers in an adjacent park for overflow crowds. The entire meeting will be devoted to the shooting case in a “town hall” style.

Members of Trayvon’s family are expected to speak during the 5 p.m. forum.

Trayvon was killed Feb. 26 by crime-watch volunteer George Zimmerman as he walked through a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman has not been arrested because he claims self-defense, according to police.

But community and civic leaders say the Sanford Police Department has conducted a shoddy investigation and are demanding Zimmerman’s arrest.

 

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Sanford city commissioners just gave a vote of no confidence in police Chief Bill Lee Jr., who has been publicly lambasted for his department’s handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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  1. nicole

    Geore Zimmerman needs the death penalty and his last meal should be Arizona iced tea and some skittles.

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